Beacons of Hope in the European Housing Crisis

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https://chieforganizer.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/CN01192020.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSAmsterdam      A housing conference took place in a workers’ center built in the heart of a neighborhood in the 1930s in the midst of the worldwide depression that the conveners thought underscored the possibilities even in the midst of the current European affordable housing crisis.  …

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What’s so Scary About Muslim Women?

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https://chieforganizer.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/CN10022019.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSNew Orleans       For months ACORN’s affiliate in France, the Alliance Citoyenne, has been campaigning first in Grenoble and then in Lyon and other cities around the ban on the Muslim women from public spaces if they were wearing a hijab or other face, head …

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First Steps to Building Community-Labor-Political Alliances without Shortcuts

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https://chieforganizer.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CN09082019.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSAmsterdam      It was just a first step.  ACORN had joined Ron Meyer and Lieke Smits, the principal officers of the Socialist Party Netherlands, in calling together a small group of twenty or so in the late summer who might be able to come together for …

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Uberization and Organizing

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Milan       In Europe there is increasing interest – and concern – over what is called the “uberization” of the economy, named after the ubiquitous and controversial US-based, but globally operating, Uber ride-sharing application.  A French parliamentarian used the expression in a communication in recent days.  Talking to a union organizer in the Netherlands, he …

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The Contradictory European Legacy of Saul Alinsky

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Brussels      Saul Alinsky would have wanted to be seen as a realist, so I can easily imagine him just shrugging and saying the equivalent of a “whatever” from more than 45 years ago.   The right seems to read him more closely than the left, both in the US and abroad, but at least some are …

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